fi·​na·​le | \ fə-ˈna-lē How to pronounce finale (audio) , fi-ˈnä- How to pronounce finale (audio) \

Definition of finale

: the close or termination of something: such as
a : the last section of an instrumental musical composition the symphony's finale
b : the closing part, scene, or number in a public performance the finale of the ballet In the finale, the singer sang an Italian classic.
c : the last and often climactic event or item in a sequence the TV show's season finale

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Examples of finale in a Sentence

She sung a very difficult song for the finale. the finale to the festivities was a grand display of fireworks
Recent Examples on the Web Only a one-point loss to Ohio State in the regular-season finale spoiled an unbeaten Big Ten campaign. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "2021 Gonzaga Bulldogs among seven best men's basketball teams without NCAA Tournament title," 6 Apr. 2021 While the Tigers’ squad A&M faced then went on to become the national champions, this year’s team likely isn’t of that caliber, but the memories of that loss may haunt the Aggies in 2021′s season finale. Hannah Underwood, Dallas News, "A way-too-early look at Texas A&M’s 2021 schedule, including why this may be the year to beat Alabama," 6 Apr. 2021 In the season finale, Mark and Digger figure out a way to age their Tennessee whiskey at sea, and Tim gets drawn into a bootleg. Washington Post, "What to watch on Tuesday: ‘Chad’ on TBS," 6 Apr. 2021 The senior transfer guard hit a corner three with 1.4 seconds remaining, sealing a comeback for the Trojans at Pauley Pavilion in a regular-season finale. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Win some, lose some: Six buzzer-beaters during UCLA coach Mick Cronin’s two-year tenure," 4 Apr. 2021 The Duke’s arc ended with the Simon and Daphne having a child in the season finale. cleveland, "‘Bridgerton’ star Regé-Jean Page won’t be back for season two," 2 Apr. 2021 At 9-0 facing the biggest home game in the 18-year history of Steele Canyon, Kirisimasi threw for 221 yards and a TD and rushed for a pair of scores as the Cougars took a 21-7 lead over No. 1 Helix in the regular-season finale. Jim Lindgren, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Steele Canyon senior Elia Kirisimasi leads by example," 1 Apr. 2021 Before that, however, the Mae Jemison High grad went 5-for-8 at Georgia in the regular-season finale. Michael Casagrande |, al, "How John Petty’s working through shooting slump, finding positives," 22 Mar. 2021 Late in the season, Silva hit 6 of 8 in a win over California, and 5 of 6 in the regular-season finale against Oregon. oregonlive, "Oregon State puts NCAA Tournament on notice with Roman Silva and his lethal throwback-style offense," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of finale

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finale

borrowed from Italian, noun derivative of finale, adjective, "last, final entry 1," going back to Latin fīnālis

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10 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Finale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of finale

: the last part of something (such as a musical performance, play, etc.)


fi·​na·​le | \ fə-ˈna-lē How to pronounce finale (audio) \

Kids Definition of finale

: the close or end of something (as a musical work)

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